Standards have been slipping badly in recent weeks.

There’s been too many stupid errors creeping in with one of the the worst examples being when I forgot to uploads the links to the tunes. Many of the posts have been lazy rehashes of old material and there’s barely been an original though shared with you in weeks. I could blame it on being busy at work or the fact that much of whatever little spare time I’ve had has been taken up with things away from the PC – for instance the shedload of great gigs I’ve been lucky enough to attend in recent weeks (something that is of relevance to this blog) while the weekend just passed was spent with a crowd of long-time mates playing golf and drinking till all hours in the same way we have doing at a weekend in June every year since 1989 (something that is of no relevance to this blog – but which you are going to hear a little bit about…).

I’ve just got home on Sunday evening and I’m dead beat. My powers of recovery from a weekend of golf combined with over-indulging in alcohol and getting very few hours of sleep in a strange bed are not what they used to be. I wanted so badly to come in and get inspired as I sat looking at the screen with my fingers poised above the keyboard. But nothing is coming. So you’ll need to make do with another old posting….from November 2009 as part of a series entitled The Class of 79:-


There’s just no way I could ever claim to have bought this back in 1979. I listened to John Peel occasionally, but not every night. And his was the only show that played any songs by Wire.

And although I became aware of them during my students days in the early 80s, I didn’t rush out and but any of their albums. Indeed, I think the first thing I ever owned was a John Peel Sessions CD released in the early 90s (and it was courtesy of a birthday or Xmas present from my amigo Jacques The Kipper)

But in recent times, with the records of old being repackaged and reissued, I’ve got a hold of all three of the albums that were released in the 70s and now realise just how important and special they were.

The band also released six singles in the 70s, of which this was the nearest to a hit, reaching #51 in January 1979:-

mp3 : Wire – Outdoor Miner
mp3 : Wire – Practice Makes Perfect

The single was actually a re-recorded and extended version of a song that had appeared on 1978 LP Chairs Missing.

And it is quite wonderful.


  1. Jeez mate, you owe us nowt. New posts or old, you continue to inspire me to write stuff. I can even accept ‘golf’ as an excuse from you – no one else will ever be afforded that privilege!

  2. Wire’s finest moment. The song begs the question, how short is too short? I owned Chairs Missing before I tracked down the 7″, and I felt like the 1:43 version on the album was just not enough. So, for most of my life, I have gone to my 2:55 single. Now, I’m not so sure. It just feels so right sandwiched between Mercy and I Am the Fly. What a great 10:30.

    And no blogger warrants multiple readings quite like you. As you can see, your fandom doesn’t mind the “best-of” efforts one bit. Take care.

  3. No need for apologies. It’s hard keeping a blog going. I used to tear myself in pieces if I hadn’t manged three posts in a week. Now I aim for one a week and nly write when the muse strikes. A much better way of approaching things if y’ask me.

  4. One of my many “Number One All-Time Greatest Singles Ever Released!” “He lies on his side/is he trying to hide?/In fact it’s the earth/Which he’s known since birth” Ahh! And those three albums. Each one a milestone in a different way.

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